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the state in which those suffer for a time who die guilty of venial sins or
without having satisfied for the punishment due to their sins."
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"Two punishments are due to actual sins: one, called the eternal, is inflicted in hell; and the other, called the temporal, is inflicted in this world or in purgatory. The Sacrament of Penance remits or frees us from the eternal punishment and generally only from part of the temporal. Prayer, good works and indulgences in this world and the sufferings of purgatory in the next remit the remainder of the temporal punishment."
"The souls in Purgatory are sure of their salvation, and they will enter heaven as soon as they are completely purified and made worthy to enjoy that presence of God which is called the Beatific Vision."
purgatorial fire itself will be more difficult than any punishments that can be
seen or imagined or felt in this life." (St. Caesar of Arles, c. 540 A.D.)
"Though God loves the souls in Purgatory, He punishes them because His holiness requires that nothing defiled may enter heaven and His justice requires that everyone be punished or rewarded according to what he deserves."
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